Ministry of Social Security and Labour organised international conference “How to make formal work more attractive” in Vilnius, 17-18 September 2014.
The aim of the conference was to discuss the issue of informal work and the transition to formality, facilitate the sharing of information and exchange of best practice, other policy approaches and measures that national authorities have implemented to tackle the problem. Undeclared work is a complex phenomenon with a multifaceted character interacting with a whole range of economic, social and labour market institutions. Therefore, tackling undeclared work requires coordinated action on the part of governments and national authorities across the three main areas: labour inspectorates, social security inspectorates and the tax authorities.
The conference was attended by high-level government officials from the EU Member States, EFTA, officials from the International Labour Organisation, European Commission, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, representatives from the international and European social partners (ETUC, IOE, BusinessEurope, UEAPME, CEEP).
The first day of the conference was started with opening and economic overview sessions presented by the OECD and Eurofound. Later it was centered on three main thematic sessions:
(1) Legal and policy frameworks relating to the informal work at the international level
(2) Legitimizing informal work at a national level
(3) Transnational aspects of informal work. The role of EU and international law.
On the second day we invited each participating Minister or high level representative, as well as the representatives of social partners and international organizations to contribute to high-level round table discussions on policy approaches and measures, institutional cooperation in tackling informal work issues. Participants of the round table were invited to address the following issues:
(1) What policies and strategies could be used for making formal work more attractive
(2) What kind of institutional cooperation we need for more effective fight against informal work, notably in cross border cases
(3) What is the role of workers‘ and employers‘ organizations in making formal work more attractive.
Round table was chaired by Mr. Guy Ryder, the Director General of the International Labour organisation, and attended by Minister Algimanta Pabedinskienė and Deputy-Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development William Danvers as well as other high level representatives from member states and social partners.